by Kerin Hope
January 28, 2015
Greece’s radical leftist prime minister Alexis Tsipras announced his new cabinet on Tuesday, handing the top economic posts to a former communist politician and a popular leftwing blogger who has lambasted the austerity programme imposed by international creditors.
The Syriza leader’s list signals his concern to field a strong economic team while satisfying demands from the far left of his party for a significant portfolio and finding a handful of ministerial posts for the Independent Greeks, his rightwing coalition partner.
The final line-up, dominated by leftwing academics, is likely to raise concerns among domestic and foreign investors fearful Athens will row back on economic reforms, attack big business interests and take a hard line on renegotiating Greece’s debt burden.